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    Rider Levi after errata and in gg18

    Good to know I'm not missing something crucial in "how to play Malifaux 101". What you wrote is pretty much the way I tend to play - minimise the impact of initiative and a bad hand as much as possible. Though I realise sometimes that can be taken out of your hands by a good opponent. And sometimes "bad things happen", regardless of planning.
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    Rider Levi after errata and in gg18

    Maybe I'm just naturally lucky. Seriously though, I've found that I can manage well enough with 1-2 SS so I can draw a couple of extra cards or reflip initiative on a crucial turn. I prefer to have the points on the table in models and upgrades, and just deal with the bad flips if necessary. It probably also helps that I tend to play henchman light and enforcer heavy, my two main masters to date being Von Schill and Levi. Maybe as I improve as a player (and/or try other masters) I'll find SS more important. I've only been playing for ~6 months (though I usually place in the top third of the field for local tourneys, once coming second and once third).
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    Rider Levi after errata and in gg18

    I'm beginning to think that having a lot of SS just doesn't suit my style of play. Everyone seems to have a ton more than me, but there have been very few occasions where I have felt that I needed them... 🤔
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    Rider Levi after errata and in gg18

    Start with Levi, 2x Waifs, Emissary, 3x Riders, Stalker. Levi at the end of his activation summons Waif (+1 activation), Emissary at the end of his activation summons Mechanical Rider (+1 activation). Yep - I have had no problem going SS lite. I typically pick up desolate soul as well (to get even better activation control, and more nuisance value for the opponent to deal with while the riders are hiding), so I normally only carry 1SS (used for cards top of 2 or 3). I've had a lot of success with it locally. Not saying we have the strongest meta here, but there are a bunch of regular players (~20-30) between Prague and Brno.
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    Rider Levi after errata and in gg18

    I've been fond of playing it with Midnight Stalker. He really helps put the early game pressure on the opponent (along with Levi), so the Riders can hang back for turns 3+. Between Hodgepodge Emissary -> Arcane Rider and Levi -> Waif, I've yet to have problems with activation control. Unless something goes horribly wrong, you trivially get 10 activations first turn (Levi, 3x Waif, 4x Riders, Emissary, Midnight Stalker), and with a bit of luck (happens more often than not) you can get an extra one from an Abomination. In later turns, you have Arcane Rider summons, Abominations, and Waifs to keep activation control.
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    Gambling Suggestions?

    I'd tend to keep it simple. Something like: GM sets a stake amount and TN determined by the best opponent's Rank + Gambling or a set house difficulty for games where you play against the house. Each player flips gambling, with potential [-] based on circumstances. E.g. one player vs multiple skilled opponents should make things harder for the player, so perhaps for each other opponent who has a higher gambling than the Fated they suffer a [-] to their flip. On a success, that player wins the stake. For each margin of success, the player wins an additional amount equal to the stake. On a failure, that player loses the stake. For each margin of failure, the player wins an additional amount equal to the stake. Or, if you're looking to simulate a game more directly and have gambling skill influence the outcome, just play a normal hand of poker / blackjack, with each player (including the GM) drawing an extra card into their starting hand per Rank in gambling (they still have to pick the best 5 cards / 2 cards for blackjack).
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    GG18 Official Master Tier List

    Being new to the game, I never got to play him "in his prime" unfortunately, but he still seems plenty good to me. I think we can agree Tier 2 is the right place, though I'd argue he's in the upper group of the Tier 2 models. I'd certainly consider him (slightly, but perceptibly) stronger than other masters in that group that I'm familiar with, such as Perdita, Tara, Viks or Asami - which tend to be one trick ponies with some very bad match ups. With Levi's hiring pool, I have yet to feel: "Oh, crap, that's a match up I can't win without a bit of luck". Then again, there are still a lot of masters I haven't played with or against, so I'm happy to concede it could just be a lack of experience talking.
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    GG18 Official Master Tier List

    I'd argue Levi is at least Tier 2, if not Tier 1.5. While it's true (from a certain point of view) that he doesn't do much to support his crew, I've always found his "support" is in the form of being up front killing enemy models and winning you activation control by summoning waifs and abominations. And if the enemy crew kills him? He's still winning you activation control, because they "wasted" their activation killing him instead of your other models. That, combined with his incredibly strong and flexible hiring pool (which is only getting stronger and more flexible as more construct and undead models are released) make him a pretty strong master IME. Whenever I play with him, I have a much greater feeling of control over the game than I do with other masters (admittedly, I've never played with Sandeep or Nico, both of whom also have this feature apparently).
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    GG18 Official Master Tier List

    Seems you also left out Molly. And included Levi twice. Because he's just that good.
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    Confirm Commander Level contents?

    Sam Thrace, the Guild model which is the earthside factions counterpart for Binh.
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    Creature Feature Begins

    Ah crap. Totally thought I had until next weekend for this and was planning to finish up my entry tonight. Oh well, next time I guess...
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    Yep, that's what I did. Was a sad day when I finally reached the last one, and it came all too quickly. Then I read the books from that point (I couldn't wait).
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    What's the last list you played?

    I've been having a lot of fun and success with the Levi Rider list (Hoodgepodge Effigy, Hooded Rider, Pale Rider, Dead Rider) + Midnight Stalker. Stalker is usually in the opponents half of the board top of turn 2, putting a lot of pressure on. If the opponent focuses on him, it lets the riders survive long enough to be dangerous, and if not then the Stalker will win games more often than not from the opponents back field, regardless of what the riders do.
  14. Damn... if only you had posted this before the Wyrd sale, I would have taken you up on that. Just bought myself a second translucent crew to complete the needed number of Void Wretches, after not being able to find one on the 2nd hand market.
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